For patients with periodontal disease, a regular hygiene appointment is not sufficient to prevent the spread of diseased gum tissue. It is these patients that require what we call Periodontal Maintenance Therapy. This procedure is more therapeutic than preventative to deal with gum disease that has already taken hold.
Periodontal Maintenance Therapy is the followup to periodontal surgery or scaling and root planing to remove deposits and disease from the tooth roots. Once periodontal disease is present a regular hygiene appointment is not enough to disrupt the growth of bacteria in these below the gumline areas.
These visits are typically on a 3-4 month schedule to catch any bacteria growth early enough to prevent advanced inflammation which may require anesthesia to reduce the discomfort during treatment.